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|Leigh had been wearing bottomless outfits for a while and decided to make them for the dancers in ´New Puritan´, which was performed in 1984. They were made out of stretch rib jersey as Lycra was prohibitively expensive then. As it was Leigh made hardly any money - he was so determined to make the outfits absolutely perfect that he ended up putting his own money into the costumes.
The press went crazy about this shocking new dancer who exposed his own and his Company´s bottoms to the audience.
It was hardly anything really: just a hole cut out of a pair of tights so you could see the bum crack and Leigh couldn´t see the costumes. All they talked about was the fact that they were bottomless. They didn´t mention how the cut of the outfits added to the performance. Despite the outraged press coverage about the bottomless outfits, Michael was soon being hailed as the most exciting young dancer and choreographer in the world.
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